I’ve started a new article [click here] that tries to lay out the scientific implications of the Large Hadron Collider searches for the Higgs particle, as of early September 2011. It’s a work in progress, so there will be more to come. So far I’ve considered the implications for the Standard Model itself [recall the Standard Model consists of the known elementary particles and the simplest possible Higgs field and particle], and for variations on the Standard Model in which nature has a few extra types of particles that we don’t know about yet. I’ll get to more complex cases, including supersymmetry and its five Higgs particles, later. But I’ll bet that you will already be shocked at how different is the case of the Standard Model itself, which is easy to discuss succinctly, from even the simplest variants of the Standard Model.
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